2018 Duplin County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 31, 2019

I. Executive Summary

NC State Extension in Duplin County has a staff of five full-time agents including its director, one cross-county agent housed in the county, four positions funded fully or partly by grants, two support staff, one 4-H Program Assistant funded by the county, one Agricultural Technician funded by NC A&T SU, and one Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Southeast District Extension Associate. In addition, multi-county agents housed in other counties support Extension efforts in the county.

In 2018, the Duplin County staff connected with citizens through newsletters, email, social media, text and phone. Through presentations, field days, conferences, one-on-one visits, and similar contact, staff made 80,096 total contacts. In 2018, the Duplin County staff secured $136,705.56 through grants, donations, and user fees and volunteers provided 6,262 hours of service at a value of $154,609. Total farm cash receipts for Duplin County in 2017 (North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) were $1,063,119,690 which ranks Duplin County second in the state for agricultural income.

NC State Extension in Duplin County offered training to commercial and consumer horticulture clients, livestock producers, youth and parents, field crop clients, senior adults, and other county stakeholders. Highlighted impacts of the year include:

School to Career (Youth & Adults) through activities such as 4-H Prevention and Embryology:
9,421 youth increased knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
9,368 youth participated in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs

Volunteer Readiness through activities such as 4-H club community service:
160 adult participants acquired skills needed to serve as volunteers
1,294 number of increased hours contributed by trained volunteers

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Risk Reduction through activities such as Better Choices, 4-H Farm to Table, and Color Me Healthy:
2,103 youth increased their fruit and vegetable consumption
1,458 participants increased their physical activity

Urban & Consumer Agriculture through activities such as school gardens and Beekeeping Club activities:
130 participants improved knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding gardening and landscape practices
$11,875 Total cost savings from the use of extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens

Profitable & Sustainable Plant Production Systems through activities such as commodity meetings, farm test plots, crop & pesticide education, individual farmer consultation, and farm management assistance:
221 crop producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills
$119,000 Net income gains realized by the adoption of best management practices

Profitable & Sustainable Animal Production Systems through activities such as animal waste trainings, Breeding Soundness Exam, cattle and pork education sessions, and individual farmer consultation:
1,530 animal producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills
$687,300 net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices

II. County Background

Duplin County is located in the southeastern coastal plain of North Carolina. Duplin is the 9th largest county in North Carolina with a total area of 822 square miles. There are 10 incorporated towns in the county: Calypso, Faison, Warsaw, Kenansville, Magnolia, Rose Hill, Teachey, Wallace, Greenevers and Beulaville. Interstate 40, U.S. Highway 117, and North Carolina Highways 11, 24, 50, 403 and 903, serve the county. Rail service is available through CSX Rail service and the Duplin County Airport provides a 6,000-foot paved, lighted runway.

According to the US Census Bureau, Duplin County population estimates in 2016 were 58,969. Duplin County residents are 70.1% white, 25.9% African American, 21.9% Hispanic/Latino, 1.4% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.7 Asian. Duplin County is largely rural and is a leading agricultural county in North Carolina and the United States. 24.5% of the population is composed of youth aged less than 18 years and 17% of the population is composed of adults aged 65 and over. 21.3% of the county's population is considered to be living at the poverty level.

In 2016, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Agricultural Statistics Division reported Duplin County farm income cash receipts estimates were $1,002,403,221 representing about 940 farms. Approximately 75 percent of the county’s economy is directly related to agriculture. In 2016, Duplin County ranked 1st in North Carolina in hog production, 1st in broilers, 2nd in turkeys, 5th in beef cows, 3rd in corn, 1st in hay, and 6th in soybeans. The strength in production agriculture anchors approximately 230,925 acres of farmland in the County as well as the agribusinesses that support this economy. Of the roughly $1 billion in receipts, about 90 percent was generated from livestock sales, demonstrating the significant influence of this sector.

Duplin County Cooperative Extension conducted an extensive environmental scan in 2007, utilizing surveys, focus groups and advisory committee meeting. Approximately 231 Duplin County citizens participated in the scanning process. The results of this scan were presented to the Duplin County Extension Advisory Council. The Council then prioritized the needs of the county citizens as follows: Profitable and Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Farmland Preservation, Improving Health and Nutrition, Youth Educational Achievement and Excellence, and Building Strong Families. Duplin County Cooperative Extension designs, implements and evaluates educational programming in the identified areas to bring about positive change.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

North Carolina's plant production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Value* Outcome Description
221Number of crop (all plant systems) producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
11Number of Extension initiated and controlled County demonstration test sites (new required for GLF/PSI reporting)
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
126Number of crop (all plant systems) producers adopting best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
119000Net income gains realized by the adoption of best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
86Number of producers reporting increased dollar returns per acre or reduced costs per acre
114Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
1950Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
7Number of producers who adopted a dedicated bioenergy crop
300Number of acres planted to a dedicated bioenergy crop
600Tons of feedstock delivered to processor
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

North Carolina's animal production systems will become more profitable and sustainable.

Value* Outcome Description
1530Number of animal producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
356Number of animal producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
687300Net income gains by producers adopting Extension-recommended best management practices, including those practices related to husbandry, improved planning, marketing, and financial practices
682Number of animal producers implementing Extension-recommended best management practices for animal waste management
492Number of waste management certifications gained or maintained due to Extension education efforts
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Agricultural producers, workers, food handlers and consumers will adopt safer food and agricultural production, handling, and distribution practices that reduce workplace and home injuries/illnesses, enhance food security, and increase the quality and safety of food that North Carolinians prepare and consume.

Youth and adults will address community issues and/or challenges through volunteerism.

Value* Outcome Description
160Number of adult participants acquiring the skills needed to serve as a volunteer
16Number of hours adult volunteer training conducted
8Number of hours youth volunteer training conducted
3Number new volunteers recruited
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
58Increased number of hours contributed by trained youth volunteers
1294Increased number of hours contributed by trained adult volunteers
1Number of adult volunteers recruiting and/or training new volunteers
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Futures that Work: School to Career Pathways

Value* Outcome Description
13Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
9421Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
4544Total number of female participants in STEM program
9368Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
24Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
2751Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of career/employability skills
25Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
91Number of adults increasing knowledge of entrepreneurship
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
13Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
9421Number of youth (students) gaining knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
2333Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
1038Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Consumers and communities will enhance the value of plants, animals, and landscapes while conserving valuable natural resources and protecting the environment.

Value* Outcome Description
130Number of participants improving knowledge, attitude, skills and aspirations regarding gardening and landscape practices including plant selection and placement, turfgrass management, soil management, growing food, water conservation and water quality preservation, storm water and erosion management, green waste management, pest and wildlife management
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
35Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
5000Total cost savings from the use of extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease) management, fertility management, water conservation, water quality preservation and pruning techniques
12Number of participants who use extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
1750Cost savings from using extension-recommended pest management practices in homes, public facilities, businesses or in community pest management programs
7Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
1050Cost savings from the appropriate selection of landscape plants
40Number of participants growing food for home consumption
4000Value of produce grown for home consumption
4Number of participants adopting composting
1Reduced tonnage of greenwaste as a result of Extension-recommended practices including composting and proper plant selection
3Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualty
75Costs savings from implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
3Number of participants implementing extension-recommended practices to conserve water use and protect water qualtiy
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Youth and adult program participants will make healthy food choices, achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases.

Value* Impact Description
78Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
2103Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
1458Number of participants increasing their physical activity
3Number of participants reducing their BMI
2Number of adults who reduce their blood pressure
42Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 35,810
Non face-to-face** 42,996
Total by Extension staff in 2018 78,806
* Face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make directly with individuals through one-on-one visits, meetings, and other activities where staff members work directly with individuals.
** Non face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make indirectly with individuals by telephone, email, newsletters, news articles, radio, television, and other means.

V. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $119,384.00
Gifts/Donations $8,930.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $6,891.56
United Way/Foundations $1,500.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $136,705.56

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 24.69
4-H: 355 1,814 3,588 $ 44,788.00
Advisory Leadership System: 48 25 47 $ 617.00
Extension Community Association: 41 3,628 53,047 $ 89,575.00
Extension Master Gardener: 0 0 0 $ 0.00
Other: 117 795 1,514 $ 19,629.00
Total: 561 6262 58196 $ 154,609.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Duplin County Advisory Council
Ronald Simmons
Karla Kirby
Annie Lego
Dr. Ben Thigpen
Tom Fife
Angie B. Quinn
Craig Brock
Theresa Bowles
John W. Kilpatrick
Dekalb Wells
Quinn Howard
John Garner
Jesse Dowe
Tracie Stanley
Debby Scott
Sherry McCoy
Alyssa McCoy
Daniel Outlaw
Duplin County Agribusiness Council
J.W. Kilpatrick
Jo Ann Stroud
George Mainor
Gerald Wilson
Tom Fife
Betty Sauls
Gerald Miller
Stanley James
Rhonda Campbell
Gene Outlaw
David Chestnutt
Justin Edwards
Dexter Edwards
Health & Wellness Advisory Committee
Wanda Clay
Melisa Brown
Beth Ricci
Krisha Parker
Brian Jones
Alice Scott
Debby Scott
Janetta Matthews
Sue Wells
Amanda Peterson
Duplin Extension and Community Association
Olivia Williams
Ruby Brinson
Theresa Bowles

Duplin 4-H Advisory Council
Ben Thigpen
Kema Boney
Beth Lanier
Sonya Rhodes
Beth Ricci
Al Frederick
Darryl McCaster
Coastal Carolina Cattle Alliance Steering Committee
Buren Lanier
Dekalb Wells
Steve Elmore
Todd Smith
Keith Strickland
Robert Naylor
OR Blizzard
Duplin Beekeepers
Miguel Rodriguez
Jon Paul Murphy
JoAnna Hanchey
Alfred Thigpen
Leslie Gosnell
Samantha Brown Wilson
Barry Jones
Marion Jones
Wade Penny
Jeff Sartin
Jimmy Faulk
Melinda Miller
Steve Miller
Gwyn Rhodes
Earl Hardy
Kemi Adediran
Jo Lynn Drew
Craig Brock
Alan Weyhrauch
Forrest Strickland
La Verne Stevens
4-H Youth Agriculture Advisory Board
Lynn Marshburn
Shannon Bell
Jennifer Mobley
Sherry Kennedy
Amanda Williams
Gara Stanley
Erica Edwards
Tracie Stanley
John Garner
Karie Jarman
Duplin County Small Farms Advisory Committee
Lenon Hickman
Ron Simmons
Cicero Dobson

VIII. Staff Membership

Amanda Hatcher
Title: County Extension Director and Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: amanda_hatcher@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Livestock Agent: Swine, Nutrient Management & Forages

Walter Adams
Title: Agriculture and Natural Resources Technician
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: walter_adams@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Providing researched based educational material to small and limited resource farmers in Duplin and Lenoir county. I am the Pesticide Recertification Coordinator and in charge of the Pesticide Container Recycling and Pesticide Disposal in Duplin and Lenoir county. I also, work with the Farm Service Agancy, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and County Soil and Water office to help farmers with a wide variety of conservation programs.

Marti Day
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: marti_day@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programs for dairy farmers, youth with an interest in dairy projects and the general public with an interest in dairy foods and the dairy industry.

Mike Frinsko
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: mike_frinsko@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide technical training and assistance to commercial aquaculture producers in the Southeast Extension District

Wanda Hargrove
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: wanda_hargrove@ncsu.edu

James Hartsfield
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Farm Management--A&T State
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: james_hartsfield@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide information and education programs directed at enhancing the small farmer family’s quality of life and income through the adoption of appropriate technology, alternative enterprises, farm and home planning, farm management, record keeping and marketing in Sampson and Duplin counties.

Marissa Herchler
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs)
Phone: (919) 515-5396
Email: marissa_herchler@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marissa is an Area Specialized Agent for animal food safety, with emphasis on the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules, as they apply to feed mills in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any FSMA related questions, or PCQI training inquiries.

Tom Hroza
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: tom_hroza@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide commercial and consumer horticulture programming leadership to Duplin Beekeepers, Nursery, Greenhouse, Landscape, Garden and Fruit production.

Bridget Huffman
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: bridget_huffman@ncsu.edu

Sydney Johnson
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: sydney_johnson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Implements nutrition, food safety, and food preservation programs to all residents in Duplin and Sampson counties.

Lynette Johnston
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-0303
Email: lynette_johnston@ncsu.edu

Charmae Kendall
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: charmae_kendall@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for youth livestock projects, judging, & skillathon education. Offers agriculture education programming to schools. Assists with summer workshops, youth leadership, club activities, & presentation competitions.

Della King
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: della_king@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programming for field crop growers and support for pesticide coordinator.

Colby Lambert
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Forestry
Phone: (910) 814-6041
Email: colby_lambert@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to forest landowners, agents, and forest industry in eastern North Carolina.

Danny Lauderdale
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: danny_lauderdale@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial ornamental nursery and greenhouse producers in eastern North Carolina.

Bill Lord
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Resources
Phone: (919) 496-3344
Email: william_lord@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water quality education and technical assistance

Stephanie McDonald-Murray
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: stephanie_mcdonald@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the South East District.

Rachel McDowell
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Consumer and Retail Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-9155
Email: romcdowe@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Support FCS Agents in delivering timely and evidence-based food safety education and information to stakeholders in NC.

Diana Rashash
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Quality/Waste Management
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: diana_rashash@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water and wastewater issues of all types: stormwater, aquatic weed ID & control, water quality & quantity, septic systems, animal waste, land application of wastewater, environment & sustainability, climate, etc.

Adam Ross
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: adam_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Livestock (beef, pastured pork, goats, sheep), Youth 4H livestock.

Margaret Ross
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (252) 670-8254
Email: margaret_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Working with commercial poultry producers to assist in writing nutrient management plans and conducting educational programming.

Chip Simmons
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety
Phone: (919) 414-5632
Email: odsimmon@ncsu.edu

Alyssa Spence
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agromedicine, Farm Health & Safety
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: arramsey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with the NCSU Applied Ecology-Toxicology & Agromedicine Department to serve the18 counties in the Southeast District, providing health/safety resources and programming to field agents in this area.

Wesley Stallings
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: wcstalli@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Agriculture-Grain Crops

Nicole Swinson
Title: 4H EFNEP Nutrition Educator
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: nswinso@ncsu.edu

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

Emily Walter
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: emily_walter@ncsu.edu

Jasmine Williams
Title: 4-H Prevention Coordinator
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: jasmine_williams@ncsu.edu

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 250-1112
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

IX. Contact Information

Duplin County Center
165 Agriculture Dr
Kenansville, NC 28349

Phone: (910) 296-2143
Fax: (910) 296-2191
URL: http://duplin.ces.ncsu.edu